Thursday, May 1, 2008

Benton Paul

Once in a while you find some good tunes right in your own backyard. A little less than a year ago Karie and I were trying to figure out what to do one fine Friday evening, and happened to see that Utah's favorite idol at the time, Jon Peter Lewis, (that position has now been filled by David Archuleta.) We had stumbled on a Christmas song by JPL that was and still is probably our favorite non-traditional Christmas Song called It's Christmas. Anyway, we enjoyed JPL OK but we were much more impressed with one of the opening acts, Benton Paul.

Since then, we've kind of been keeping tabs on him and his career. We really like his old stuff (that is no longer available on iTunes) but were really excited when he came out with his new CD a few months ago called "Grey"

Benton Paul - Grey

If you like John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Daughtry, or Gavin Degraw I think you'll like him. His album is available on iTunes, and unfortunately there aren't really very many good links on Youtube to his new stuff, but you can click on his album cover above to go to his website and take a listen.

A great....GREAT cover version of Coldplay's "Fix You"

A little snippet of a live performance of "Look For the Light"

Seriously folks this is a guy who will make it big someday, give his stuff a listen and you can be one of the one's who heard of him first. :)

1 comment:

  1. I can see a little of what you are saying about the "Fix You" cover. First of all, that is a FANTASTIC song. I like some of the arrangement/changes that he made in this presentation, but I'm stuck on some parts where it seems like his voice just isn't strong enough/solid enough. Granted, this may be due to the live recording, possibly even made on someone's cell phone, but I think you get the picture.

    I like the "Look For the Light" song too. Just a good song.

    And for the record I have to say I can't stand John Mayer, or (is it Chris?) Daughtry. I just don't like the voices. I'm not saying they don't have talent, I just don't like it. I like a bunch of the Jason Mraz songs, and the jury is still out on Gavin Degraw.

    If you like John Mayer, you should check out for a cool song. The song was written by a true legend: Herbie Hancock.